OPEN 7am - 6pm EVERY DAY | 530-885-0862 | 11251 B Ave. / Auburn, CA
For 25 years, Gold Country Wildlife Rescue has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing injured and orphaned wildlife, at no cost to the public.


We rely completely on donations from the public in order to provide life-saving care to injured and orphaned wildlife. 

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Found an injured or orphaned animal? Not sure what to do now? Click here to find out what to do next.

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Volunteers are our greatest asset. Our biggest volunteer need as at our intake center, working directly with animals.

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Living with Rattlesnakes

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Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Location: Auburn, CA (Exact location given after sign up)

Living with Rattlesnakes is a 4 hour informational class (with a 1 hour intermission/ bring-your-own-lunch break) to help educate the community on all things rattlesnake! Snake expert and researcher Mike Cardwell will present a lecture and PowerPoint program (featuring his own award-winning photography) on the biology, ecology and natural history of rattlesnakes. Mike will provide a fascinating look into the private lives of rattlesnakes, how to avoid problems with them and the latest recommendations for first aid for bites. He will answer your questions and dispel myths about these interesting but dangerous animals. Mike will bring a live rattlesnake from his current field study and safely anesthetize it after lunch for processing, allowing attendees to get an up close look at a creature that normally causes fear… Click here to read more!

Processing of a large female Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, Crotalus o. oreganus (Coo08EDH), during Effie Yeaw Nature Center Rattlesnake Seminar by Mike Cardwell, 12 July 2014

Community Outreach

GCWR does dozens of community outreach events in many cities across Placer County. From weekend festivals to work events to inside of classrooms with children, we love educating the public about wildlife.

24-hour Phone Tree

We handled over 7,000 calls last year! Our phone tree is always up, 24 hours a day. If you have a question about a wildlife issue, give us a call at 530-885-0862 and select the best option to fit your needs. If you can’t get the answer from our phone tree, leave a message and a wildlife expert will get back to you as soon as possible.

Freedom is Our Goal

With all of our wildlife intakes, our goal is get them ready for release back into the wild. While some stay with us longer than others our favorite days are release days when wildlife get a second chance at life in the wild.

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